Qur'an Schools and the Making of Turkish Difference in West Germany, 1975-1984

Brian Van Wyck is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with research interests in German and Turkish history, histories of migration, race, and Islam, and the history of knowledge. His book project, Turkish Teachers and Imams and the Making of Turkish German Difference, examines the transnational history and politics of knowledge about Turkish-origin migrants in the Federal Republic of Germany from the 1960s through the 1990s. The project shows how the work of teachers of Turkish working in German schools and imams employed or approved by the two governments are crucial for untangling the creation and application of this knowledge. His research has appeared in Geschichte und Gesellschaft and has been funded by the Social Science Research Council, Fulbright, the Berlin Program, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard’s Mahindra Humanities Center. Brian received a PhD in History from Michigan State University in 2019 and holds an MA in Nationalism Studies from Central European University and a BA in History from Williams.